The transformative Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development has been acknowledged at this year’s Master Builders Awards, carrying off the prize for Best Public Recreational Facility.
The first stage of riverfront public space delivered by Multiplex was crowned as the winning project following a 500 metre upgrade of the Bicentennial Bikeway, and construction of Waterline Park, Mangrove Walk and the Boat House.
Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards recognise members at the forefront of building innovation and quality craftsmanship, promoting and showcasing excellence in Queensland’s housing and construction industry.
Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director Simon Crooks said the Award recognised the quality of workmanship Multiplex applied to transform an under-utilised area into a destination that would attract and delight visitors.
“From the outset, the Consortium has been focused on ensuring Queen’s Wharf will set a benchmark for Brisbane, creating a world-class precinct to attract more than 1.3 million additional visitors to the city each year.
“From the beginning we were adamant that the workmanship and materials chosen must be of the highest standard. Multiplex delivered both aesthetic and durable materials including electro polished stainless steel, the use of local Queensland hardwoods and exposed aggregate finishes that enhanced the surrounding environment.
“This Award rewards the decisions taken and acknowledges that our design and requirements were skillfully delivered to the highest standard by a team of professionals.
“Multiplex overcame challenges and used innovation to deliver the contract and ensure minimum impacts to stakeholders.
“This riverfront area opened last year is all part of our 6 Star Green Star Communities rating awarded by the Green Building Council which achieved the strongest rating for the category of ‘liveability’ as our extensive outdoor and green spaces promote active and healthy lifestyle options.
“The result is one the best riverside areas in Brisbane that has been embraced by residents and visitors and is a taste of what the main Queen’s Wharf precinct public space will deliver.”
The package of work included building a pedestrian 450 metre Mangrove Walk, with a significant portion brought in by barge, upgrading and improving the safety of the bikeway and creating a recreation park under the Riverside Expressway all while managing significant pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle and marine city traffic.
Multiplex Project Manager Tyson Macdonald said they are proud to be recognised by Master Builders for the craftsmanship and technical approach taken on this project.
“This project was always about delivering a high quality, usable public space for locals and visitors to enjoy while re-connecting with the Brisbane foreshore,” Mr Macdonald said.
“It’s extremely satisfying to see the popularity of the new boardwalk and amenities from what was previously a greatly under-utilized area of the Brisbane CBD.
“The project is an asset to the city and highlights the level of investment in public infrastructure made by the Queen’s Wharf developer, Destination Brisbane Consortium.
“It’s a proud moment for the team who all contributed to the finished product.”
Recently, Multiplex were awarded a third package on Queen’s Wharf for landscaping and the podium level fit-out which includes over 12 football fields of public space.
The $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development is being delivered by Destination Brisbane Consortium – a joint venture led by The Star Entertainment Group alongside its Hong Kong-based partners, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium.
Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will transform the CBD with four new luxury hotels, more than 50 new bars and restaurants, 2,000 residential apartments and the equivalent of 12 football fields of public space when the development is complete.